Want you do the Illinois residents a favor? Talk to Mr. Zilkha.
Watching this FutureGen 2.0 drama playout is just too painful. FutureGen1.0 death was painful enough. So many people do not want to see "clean" coal succeed. I'm just tired of hearing about it with the politics at the state and federal. It's a slow playing drama and it's going nowhere. Skelly, we know you are well aware about FutureGen 2.0. How about pitching FutureGen 3.0 to Michael Zilkhs?
So here's what I propose. Michael Zilkha buys the old Ameren power plant in Meredosia, Illinois. Heck, Ameren is paying Dynegy to take their remaining Illinois coal plants. Zilkha could probably have the Meredosia plant for free, or be paid to to take it.
This FutureGen 2.0 isn't progressing to rapidly as a "clean" coal operation. By now, people are probably searching for an exit strategy for the FuterGen 2.0 plant is on the Illinois River.
Why not Zilkha buy the plant on the cheap and instead of "clean" coal, run the plant on Zilkha Biomass black pellets and oxygen? Show the world how Zilkha Biomass black pellets can run a plant efficiently and competitively. Zilkha's managerial abilities can turn this project around. Sending barges of black pellets around and up the Mississippi River should be fairly cost effective. Transportation costs should be heck of a lot cheaper than sending black pellets to Maine, Hawaii, of Europe.
Scrap the pipeline idea and pumping the CO2 into the ground. No one really wants to live near that potential contamination.
Future 1.0 was too expensive and the artistic vision of a "clean" coal plant was a bit George Jetson futuristic.